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There’s a New Squid in Town

There’s a New Squid in Town

Original text and photos by OIST, edited by Emma Buchet. “Cephalopods were the first intelligent animals on the planet.” This quote from Dr. Sydney Brenner, molecular geneticist and one of the founders of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), highlights the burgeoning scientific interest in cephalopods like cuttlefish, octopuses, and squid…. Read more

Can we peek at Schrödinger’s cat without disturbing it?

Can we peek at Schrödinger’s cat without disturbing it?

Researchers describe a way of measuring a quantum system while keeping its superposition intact Quantum physics is difficult and explaining it even more so. Associate Professor Holger F. Hofmann from Hiroshima University and Kartik Patekar from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have tried to solve one of the biggest puzzles in quantum physics: how to… Read more

Math shows why animals see at night

Math shows why animals see at night

Original text by Margaux Phares, edited by Emma Buchet. Biological experiments confirm mathematical modeling of retina development in mice By combining mathematics with science, an interdisciplinary team at Hiroshima University (HU) found how changes in the shape of DNA structure affect the nuclei of nocturnal animals. Their findings could help explain how nocturnal animals, such… Read more

A Simpler Way to Choose the Sex of Offspring by Separating X and Y Sperm

A Simpler Way to Choose the Sex of Offspring by Separating X and Y Sperm

Original text by PLOS Biology Differential gene activity by the two sex chromosomes allows X-bearing sperm to be slowed down Both X sperm and Y sperm swim to oocyte for fertilization. The probability to bind and penetrate to oocyte is same; however, under the specific condition, the ration of X sperm and Y sperm to… Read more